Goals For Inter Faith Harmony


Two families sharing brotherhood.
Celebrating an Iftar evening at Dr. Shihab Ghanem’s residence in Dubai on 25th August 2011.

Over a lunch in Dubai – at Meridien’s Mina Seyahi on 3rd March 2011.
(From Left to Right) – Dr. Shibah Ghanem (Emirati Poet), Geeta Chhabra, Ved Chhabra and Dr. Qais Ghanem (Neurologist, Novelist, Creator-Presenter of Canadian Radio Show – Dialogue with Diversity).

At a Poetry Meet held on 19th October 2011 at The Cultural And Scientific Association, Al Mamzar, Dubai (UAE).
(From Left to Right) – Mr. Abdul Gaffar Hussain, Mr. Mohammad Saleh Al-Gurg, Dr. Shihab Ghanem, Geeta Chhabra, and a happy professor (name not known) of Mr. Mohammad Saleh Al-Gurg’s translated book: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Soka Gakkai International Gulf celebrating “The Poetic Heart: Connecting Humanity” at Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, UAE on 16th February 2012.
(From Left to Right) – Mr. Rakesh Tharoor – Gen. Director of Soka Gakkai International Gulf, Ms. Shaikha Al Mutairi – Poet, Mr. Ali Al Sayegh – Poet, Dr. Akash Ouchi – Representative for Sok Gakkai International for South Asia and Middle East, Dr. Shihab Ghanem – Poet / Translator, Ms. Geeta Chhabra – Poet, Dr. Qais Ghanem – Poet, Dr. Hasan El Amrani – Poet, Mr. Jason Carter – Musician.

A scene of international bonding… over a dinner meet at Marrakech in Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai (UAE) on 15th February 2013.
(From Left to Right) – Dr. Nizar Ghanem from Yemen, Geeta Chhabra from India, Francesca M. Corrao from Italy, Dr. Shihab Ghanem from UAE, Rakesh Tharoor from India, Ved Chhabra from India, Val Ghanem from Canada, T. Shihab from UAE, Dr. Akash Ouchi from Japan, Dr. Qais Ghanem from Canada.

A gathering of performers and audience…. A memorable Poetic Festival – “Poetic Heart: Connecting Humanity” held on 20th February 2014 at Knowledge Village, Dubai, UAE.
(From Left to Right) – Ved Chhabra, H.E. Mohammed S. Al Qutaish-Yemen Ambassador to UAE, Geeta Chhabra-Poet, Dr. Shihab Ghanem-Poet, Ahmed Najjar-Al Sada Journalist, Sami Yusuf-Musician, Waddah Ghanem, Binsagar Sagheer-Instrumentalist & Bisveena Sagheer-Singer.

Emirati hospitality… at Dr. Shihab & Jihad Ghanem’s residence on 22nd February 2014.
(From Left to Right) – Dr. Shihab Ghanem, Geeta Chhabra, 2 Japanese students, Iman Bawazeer, Val Ghanem, Dr. Qais Ghanem, Ved Chhabra & Wajd Ghanem.

From Canada…India…Dubai…sharing view-points… over a dinner on 23rd February 2014 at Le Meridien Hotel.
(From Left to Right) – Val Ghanem, Ved Chhabra, Dr. Shihab Ghanem, Dr. Qais Ghanem & Geeta Chhabra.

A Memorable Poetic Festival – ‘Poetic Heart Connecting Humanity’ held on 7th & 8th February 2015 at the Cultural and Scientific Association (Nadwa) Auditorium, Al Mamzar, Deira Dubai.
Geeta Chhabra receiving a memento – as a participating poet in SGI-Gulf’s Event – ‘Poetic Heart: Connecting Humanity’. She receives the memento from Dr. Akash Ouchi, as Dr. Shihab Ghanem looks on with another participating poet.

In Dubai-UAE, on 4th February 2017, poets from different countries recited poems on peace, harmony and tolerance at the International Poetry Festival: Poetic Heart Connecting Humanity.
Seen in the group are Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Rakesh Tharoor, Sarju, Paolo Ruffilli, Hassan Aly Hassan Shehabeldin, Dr. Talal Al Junaibi, Kuzhur Wilson, Wael Al-Sayegh.
(Seated in front row from Left to Right) – Dr. Shihab Ghanem, Sheikha Khulood Al Mualla, Sajedah Al Mousawi, Geeta Chhabra, Prof. Kithaka WaMberia, Mr. Nayef Al Herais, & Sheen Kaaf Nizam.

At a very recent setting… between two poets… a dialogue… focusing on universal peace, poetry and interfaith harmony. (July 2017)

Dr. Shihab Ghanem and Geeta Chhabra’s association goes back to the time when Dr. Shihab Ghanem translated into the Arabic language Geeta Chhabra’s poems in English – which was internationally published into a bilingual volume: An Indian Ode To The Emirates in 2012.